Dear John Chapman,

John S. Chapman

Since 1956, Americans have written letters to “Dear Abby,” a clever advice column offering words of wisdom to troubled readers. Since 1998, investors have written emails and blog comments to our very own “Abby,” John Chapman, for advice, information and guidance. In these “Dear John Chapman,” letters, you’ll see some of the most common questions and comments we receive, and our responses. Please note that all personal information has been removed to protect the privacy of the senders.

Dear John Chapman,

I was a so-called investor in a stock that was $1.00 per share with a minimum investment of $10,000.

I was in a group of local people that all put in money to reach that amount. I only invested $500 and I received a...

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Dear John Chapman,

My financial advisor sold me bonds that are very poorly rated and have high fees.

She did not tell me about the fees or that there is an early withdrawal fee of 1%. What options do I...

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Dear John Chapman,

My father and mother lost over $350,000 of their life savings with XX.

What’s the first step they have to take in order to recover?

-Sad...

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Dear John Chapman,

I lost $180k to XX, and the SEC Receiver has made it a very slow progress so far.

I'm retired and the money I lost was almost all my life savings. I've already been to see one attorney and she told...

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Dear John Chapman,

I have a broker that I am now realizing stole over $200/month from one of my accounts.

He claims it was a “management fee”, but I never authorized such a fee. Do I have a case against...

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Dear John Chapman,

Can I sue my financial advisor for his personal assets?

-Bummed in Birmingham...

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Dear John Chapman,

I have suffered a loss of over $200,000 from XX.

My advisor had me too heavily weighted in these individual bonds for my portfolio and for my age (70 years). I am...

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Dear John Chapman,

My broker took an unusually high commission on a transaction.

Can I sue?

-Curious...

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Dear John Chapman,

Can I sue my financial advisor

for variable annuity contracts?

-Mad in...

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Dear John Chapman,

My broker is acting very suspicious.

Every time I ask him about one of my investments, he finds a way to avoid the question. Can I sue him if he hasn't...

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